Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA | Old Schoolhouse Brewery

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Brewers Reserve Imperial IPABrewers Reserve Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
Washington, United States
oldschoolhousebrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 07-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of repkovalev
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a very nice amber and gold with good head and moderate lacing.

Nose was very off-putting. Surprisingly bad egg-like. Not totally gone. Not sulfur-like but on-their-way-out kind of scent. Stale scented. I first poured this into my usual Unibroue tulip glass. I was quite surprised at the unpleasant smell, so I poured it out, rinsed out the glass and poured another serving. No change in smell. I typically enjoy big, bold IPA's in this glass and it magnifies the robust hop and malt character of those beers. However, the nose of this beer really turned me off, and probably informs the rest of my review. As it probably should. I wound up pouring a smaller amount in a 6oz taster glass shaped like a mini-pint glass. I felt that made tasting improve...

Taste revealed a large amount of hopping, but didn't convey the boldness that I'd expect from the style. Kind of ash-like resonance to the flavor.

Mouthfeel was nice. Much brighter than expected from the style. Soft. Went well with food.

Overall, it's very difficult to get past the smell of this sample, and the taste doesn't convey "fresh" at all. Since I'm a WA beer guy, it left me wanting to try this on tap and compare the difference, as this bottled sample tasted a little below average for a representation of the style.

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Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Translucent sunset orange has a heavy dose of effervesce within. Oatmeal colored head is frothy, fair on the hold, and generous on the lace coverage.

S: Sweet orange candy and caramel on the nose with a faint herbaceous scent of parsley and grassy notes. More malty sweet then bitter.

T: Good malt base, light grassy notes notes but the hops seemed muddled and out of harmony with the malt. Musky pine hop cones, lemony sourness and a pungent flowery hoppiness with some woodsy and toasted pine highlights. The hops are strong in strength, just not all that tasty. Bitter, dry but lacks hop definition.

M: Aggressive carbonation brings a lively sense of tingle to the mouthful. Frothy texture, dry with a stringent bite of alcohol and sour hops.

O: Overall has the hops, decent toasted malt support just not all that tasty and rather blah. Limited complexity, muddled hop bitterness with more alcohol warmth and sour hoppiness then anything. Afterwards I couldn’t resist to look up this beer and low and behold a mes-mosh of 6 different hops that more or less became homogenized and muddled in the pot. More hops are like more spices in the soup, doesn’t lead to complexity rather only works against it. 3 hops is fine while still maintaining a sharp hop profile. This was a muddled mess flavor wise, the ipa of hobos for those who only care for a hop bitterness shock and nothing more.

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Photo of harrymel
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to NB globe.

A: Amber ale with two finger head. Excellent clarity. This fades to a thin white foamy layer. Spider web lacing.

S: Pine and citrus are the dominant hop characteristics here. Nicely malted background.

T: Very super standard IIPA flavors. Very nice finish which matches the same.

M: Medium/heavy mouth with lower carb. Very nice. Slicking and satisfying.

D: Quite drinkable, however, not too nice given the price point. I could just as easily pay $7 and get two Ninkasi Bombers.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep orange with good carbonation and a small white head, light bubbles and lacing

S: Plenty of dry, bitter pine hops and bread with a whiff of smoke

T: Starts out with bittering hops, pine and some light smoke? caramel, bread and dry with some booze

M: The body seems to be a bit chewy, big malt bill, almost to big

O: Average.

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Photo of AFreakingCougar
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of virinow
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Braz
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Adamostella
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque to hazy medium orange color with a one fingered head that eventually subsides to a soapy looking layer of white foam. Carbonation is mild to none. As the beer warms, the color becomes more hazy rather than opaque.

S - Bready malt with very, very faint caramel and hop spice, nothing more.

T - Bready malt, faint spicy red grapefruit, some alcohol warming on the way down, a little toasted caramel. Balance is there, but the nod goes to the malty, spicy side.

M - Medium body.

O - Must be an old bottle. The faint flavors are nothing less than boring and mundane, if this were a fresher bottle, I'm going to venture a guess things would have been dialed up on the palette making it a more interesting beer. Unfortunate...I'd like to try this one again, this bottle didn't do it for me. However, it did get better as it warmed up to room temp.

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Photo of John_M
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kind of surprised to find a bottle of this at State Line in Elkton, Md.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, showing orange citrus, light pine and some underlying sweet malt. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet, malty DIPA. The beer has good bitterness in the finish, but with a noticeasble alcohol bite as well. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with long, bitter, alcoholic finish. Drinkability isn't bad, but the sweetness and noticeable alcohol detract from it a bit.

Not terrible, but I'm not a huge fan of this DIPA style, and it's a bit more boozy and sweet than I care for in my DIPA's.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Found this at Bottleworks over the weekend and shared it with COOP Matt tonight..

Pours a dark golden with a nice white head that shows sheets of lacing.

Nose is tropical fruitiness and hints of pine... Not nearly as hoppy as I would hope for a DIPA...

Flavor has hints of EtOH... the bitterness shows mainly on the finish... The hops are again tropical/pineapple, but they are still pretty light.

Body seems a bit heavy without enough carbonation...

I had REALLY high hopes for this one after talking to the fella at Bottleworks... but it was a huge letdown... Decent, but I would never buy again without knowing there was a BIG reworking of the recipe.

4/3.5/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of KenC
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aquazr1
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours an amber golden color with little head. Nose is sweetness from the malts, pine and some citrus. Taste is much the same with the pine and malts being the most prominent. There is some bitterness on the finish, which fits the high ibu.

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Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an orange color with a one finger head that falls quickly. Some mild lace develops.

Smell: dominated by grapefruit, some pine and caramel.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, pear, hearty bitterness, and some alcohol are the most prevalent flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish with a dryness. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent DIPA with a nice flavor. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of dar482
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in crystal clear pale amber to amber.

The aroma is classic piney, biscuity malt.

Flavor follows with some dankness, malty sweetness takes over with a bit of caramel, not too much bitterness, piney as well. Leaning on the sweeeter side, but very much that West Coast IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow with just about a half-inch of off-white head that had low retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was predominately pine hops with some floral behind and just a trace of citrus lurking around the edges. No noticeable malt or yeast scents. On the tongue the story was pretty much the same, pine and floral, with the citrus having a bit more of a presence. No real malt flavors came through.

The body was typical for the style, medium-light, without a solid malt presence. Drinkability was good, for a 9% beer it went very easily.

Overall, a pretty typical example of the style. Worth trying if you see it and certainly worth a visit to the brewery if your on the dry side.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome amber color with a long-lasting head in the tall Pilsener glass. Enticing big aroma of flowery and piney hops. Not as malty as you'd hope with the high alcohol content. Initial flavor with each sip is a melting caramel mouthful which is quickly replaced by the jet fuel hop and booze flavors. Tangy, spicy, and bitter.

Brewer notes that seven hop varieties are use and rates this at 90 IBUs. It's not terribly bitter, though it verges into the sharp and acidic territory. An interesting hoppy sipping beer, but it's a little thin and harsh with all the bitterness and alcohol. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mount Vernon.

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Photo of billab914
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Brewers Reserve Imperial IPA from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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